Hardback224 PagesSize: 260 × 210 mm
121 colour illustrations and 70 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222687Publication: August 03, 2020

'Engagingly written and beautifully produced' – Decorative Arts Society


'Timothy Brittain-Catlin, helped hugely by photographer Robin Forster and his sympathetic publishers, has authored an intelligent, scholarly and beautifully illustrated tome...His book is a wonderful thing, elegantly written and superbly illustrated: it celebrates agreeable human habitats designed by truly creative professionals that show up the dire, ugly, shameful mess being made nowadays.'
– James Stevens Curl, Times Higher Education


'Challenges any complacency one might have about the simplicity or sterility of the architectural scene just ahead of ‘our period’'. – Catherine Croft, C20 Society

'rich, dense [...] will cause us to look at Edwardian architecture in an entirely new way.' – Jane Ridley, Literary Review

'A fascinating study of Edwardian domestic architecture brings out its debt to both progressive politics and the romanticism of the age' – Charles Holland, Architecture Today

The Edwardians and their Houses

The New Life of Old England

Timothy Brittain-Catlin



  • The first new comprehensive introduction to Edwardian domestic architecture in over 40 years, including a fresh look at: not just country houses but cottages, seaside villas, golf dormy houses, the first barn conversions and suburban villas
  • A considered analysis of Edwardian domestic architecture in its broader context which includes Edwardian political thought and contemporary children’s and other literature, and a new approach to the history of conservation in Britain
  • Includes specially commissioned attractive, high-quality photography by Robin Forster which presents a canon of significant houses as well as reproductions of historic drawings


Edwardian domestic architecture was beautiful and varied in style, and was very often designed and built to an unprecedented level of sophistication. It was also astonishingly innovative, and provided new building types for weekends, sport and gardening, as well as fascinating insights into attitudes to historic architecture, health and science. 

This book is the first radical overview of the period since the 1970s, and focuses on how the leading circle of the Liberal Party, who built incessantly and at every scale, influenced the pattern of building across England. It also looks at the building literature of the period, from Country Life to the mass-production picture books for builders and villa builders, and traces the links between these houses and suburbs on the one hand, and the literature and other creative forms of the period on the other. It is part of a new movement to explore the ways in which architectural history is recorded and adds up to an original interpretation of British culture of the period.

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